Daily Archives: November 5, 2007

Give ’em a chance, How to get more for calves at the auction barn

Give ’em a chance, How to get more for calves at the auction barn

CAB Partners

In an auction barn, every feeder calf is judged for a few seconds before its value is determined.

Cow-calf producers who sell at auction should take note of research by the University of Arkansas that documented distinct traits and management practices that can add dollars. In 2000 and 2005, the University worked with USDA Livestock Market News reporters to track data from 17 markets across the state.

The results showed the largest differences in price were due to health, muscle score, breed and body fill.

“There was a $42 (per hundredweight, or cwt.) spread between the healthy cattle and the sickest calf,” says Tom Troxel, animal science associate department head at the University of Arkansas. Muscle score was second with a $38.24/cwt. spread between the heaviest and lightest muscled animals, followed by breed type with a $33.28/cwt. gap between the top and bottom money-getters.


Sorting Cows In The Fall For Efficient Winter Feeding

Sorting Cows In The Fall For Efficient Winter Feeding


Sound sorting concepts of the spring-calving beef cow herd in the fall should improve the efficiency of the feeding program throughout the winter. Before we divide up the herd, it makes some sense to inventory the cows to be divided. How many cows of each age group do we have? Every herd will be a little bit different, but a Research Station Herd in North Dakota can give us data to use as a guideline. Data from the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center reported recently on the average percentage of cows in their herd (by age group) over the last 20 years.

This data points out that 17% of this herd over the years was in the “first-calf heifer” category. They also noted that 11% of the herd was 10 years of age and older. Fifteen (15%) percent of the cows were 2nd calf 3 year-olds. From this data, one could formulate three logical groups of cows to be pastured together for feeding efficiency.


BeefTalk: Forward Thinkers Always Are Needed in the Beef Industry

BeefTalk: Forward Thinkers Always Are Needed in the Beef Industry

Some organizations seem to have a purpose or function that extends through time.

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Organizations come and go, especially organizations formed for a specific purpose. As that purpose or the need diminishes, so does the organization.

Some organizations seem to have a purpose or function that extends through time. These organizations are made up of forward-thinking people who have an ability to keep the never ending complex world organized.

One such group is the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association. I turned to the group for assistance when I was asked to testify before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The request was for information related to a qualitative and, to the extent possible, quantitative analysis of the economic effects of foreign animal health and sanitary and food safety measures on U.S. beef exports. As I pondered what I might contribute, I reflected on the NDBCIA’s success.


Cattle Diseases: IBR

Cattle Diseases:  IBR

Cattle Today

Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (commonly called IBR or red nose) is an acute, contagious virus disease of cattle.  Often implicated as an infection which initiates the shipping fever complex.  This infection usually occurs in the air passages of the head and the wind pipe.  However, in females this virus also causes inflammation of the vulva and vagina and abortion. Abortion occurs about 20 to 45 days after infection.


NDSU Offers 12-Month Livestock-Pasture-Forage Management Planning Course

NDSU Offers 12-Month Livestock-Pasture-Forage Management Planning Course


A course on 12-month livestock-pasture-forage management will be offered Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2 through 4, on the campus of Dickinson State University.

The course is designed for producers and students who want to learn more about developing pasture-forage management plans. This planning course is a cooperative project of the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center, DSU Agricultural Department and NDSU Animal and Range Sciences Department.

Each participant in the course will develop a grassland management strategy that provides a full 12-month forage sequence for his or her ranch, says Lee Manske, DREC range scientist and one of the course instructors. Participants will learn about range ecology, livestock nutrition and forage production so they can understand and operate their 12-month pasture-forage management plans.


IN THEORY: Some animal pragmatism

IN THEORY: Some animal pragmatism

Glendale News

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The Humane Society of the United States has reportedly unveiled a new initiative to better educate believers of various faiths on the mistreatment of farm animals such as hens, chickens and pigs. Underpinning the message to believers is a belief that the faithful are not receiving the message that animals are being subjected to harsh treatment, and that under the tenets of world faiths, God would not approve. Religion can play a role here, advocates say, to promote compassion for these animals as an obligation of faith. Do you think believers need to know more about what is happening to these animals, and that there is a moral imperative — a biblical mandate, as some theologians say — to protect these animals from the suffering they face in factories and cages? What role, if any, can the religious community play here?


Cargill recalls 1 million lbs of beef possibly tainted by E. coli

Cargill recalls 1 million lbs of beef possibly tainted by E. coli


Detroit Free Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill Inc. said Saturday it is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the second time in less than a month it has voluntarily recalled beef that may have been tainted.

No illnesses have been reported, said John Keating, president of Cargill Regional Beef.

The agribusiness giant produced the beef between Oct. 8 and Oct. 11 at a plant in Wyalusing, Pa. and distributed it to retailers across the country. They include Giant, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans and Weis.